Seaweed is made from delicate strips of white maple veneer, and evokes a creature of the sea. Light shines through the wood creating a warm light and interesting shadows. The frame is made of wood. The bulb cord takes a standard fluorescent bulb, or an incandescent bulb. Hardwiring of the lamp is possible--please contact me for recommendations on hardwiring kits. Otherwise, the cord has a plug on the end of its 15' cord. The wood is not stained, but is treated to prevent discoloration due to sunlight exposure. A small amount of discoloration may happen over time, especially if the lamp is exposed to direct sunlight. The size of the shade is 14" wide by 16" high. Each item is made to order, so yours will vary slightly. Please allow 3-4 weeks. Please contact me for prices to ship to Alaska and Hawaii. I am happy to make custom sizes, just send me a message!